One was a doctor, but was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, the other two started thinking of their company while still in college and the other beat cancer to start a company that's literally flying high. These are a handful of young achievers who battled all odds and now are at the top of their professions.
How's the Josh?
Supriya Paul, co founder Josh Talks was 22 when she and Shobhit Banga launched the company in 2015. The media platform headquartered in Gurgaon, hosts content in nine languages. The speakers are social activists, business leaders, sportspeople, actors and other more. Actors like Boman Irani, Zeishan Quadri, director Anurag Kashyap, transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and entrepreneur Ankur Warikoo among others have spoken on their platform. This year the startup got the National Media Award from President Ram Nath Kovind. (Pic: Supriya Paul/Facebook)
Lucideus goes to the Silicon Valley
Saket Modi's, Lucideus, a cybersecurity startup founded in 2012 and incubated at IIT-Bombay, counts former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems John Chamber, ex-Googler Rajan Anandan and Citigroup's former senior vice-chairman Victor Menezes among its angel investors. After honing its product and strategy in the Indian market and now boasting an impressive customer list, including HDFC Bank and Delhi airport, Lucideus is setting its sights high and casting its net wide. (Pic: Saket Modi/Facebook)
What's your budget?
Ritesh Agarwal, founded Oyo Rooms in 2013. Agarwal started coding when he was eight, and by the time he was 17, he had authored a best-selling book, The Encyclopedia of Indian Engineering Colleges. Today, the budget hotel aggregator has multiple hotels in India and spread its presence in Malaysia, Nepal. In 2017, OYO launched OYO Home, an Airbnb-like marketplace for short-term managed rentals. It has a presence in Goa, Shimla, Puducherry, Udaipur, Kerala and other places. In April 2018, OYO launched its first international OYO Home in Dubai. The company launched operations in Indonesia in 2018 and acquired Amsterdam-based vacation rental business.
Uber of the skies
Started five years ago as a pure play aircraft, JetSetGo, founded by Kanika Tekriwal is an aggregator connecting owners and customers. This private aviation company controls India's largest private jet fleet today and is called the Uber of the skies. With rapid growth in the domestic civil aviation market and increasing global investor focus on hybrid electric planes, flying taxis and disruptive transportation models, JetSetGo has been positioning itself well at the centre of India's evolving on-demand air travel market with a simple vision to enable the fastest form of travel from any Point A to Point B at a time when most forms of commute unfortunately remain far too inefficient in the country for a variety of reasons. Unlike most startups in the country that continue to burn cash, JetSetGo has been cash flow positive from inception. (Pic: Kanika Tekriwal/Facebook)
Doctor turned entrepreneur
The founder of coworking space Innov8, Ritesh Malik, is a doctor by profession who had a keen interest in entrepreneurship. Malik is also the Founder and CEO of Guerilla Ventures, an angel fund that was founded in 2013, with a focus on hardware companies. Ritesh cofounded Innov8 in 2015. His experiences taught him that the most vital aspect of a startup is community building and startups are all about tinkering. Innov8 was acquired by Oyo this year. (Pic: Ritesh Malik /Facebook)